New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, shown in June, announced Tuesday that his city will offer health care to anybody.
The Times reports on Mayor de Blasio's plan to "guarantee health care for all New Yorkers", legal and otherwise. "Through our own public option and a new program called NYC Care, we'll ensure the first stop for people isn't the emergency room", de Blasio tweeted on Tuesday.
The announcement came the day after de Blasio announced a plan to spend $100 million a year on expanding health coverage for low-income New Yorkers and seemed meant to polish his credentials as a progressive leader. That's fine, as far as it goes, but as a transformative, revolutionary program, it resembles telling people to call the Housing Authority if they need an apartment and then pretending that the housing crisis has been solved.
"More than 500,000 hard-working men and women should earn paid personal time when they contribute to the success of their companies", de Blasio said in an email.
"Most New York City employers are doing whatever they can to attract and keep good workers and do not need the government dictating their benefit policies", she said.
To make matters even worse, more illegal immigrants will now be attracted to New York City because they will have free healthcare at taxpayers' expense, thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio's expensive social experiment in universal healthcare.
"From this moment on in New York City everyone is guaranteed the right to health care", the Democratic mayor said.
'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country.
"Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice".
In 2006, when Newsom was mayor of San Francisco, the city created a universal healthcare program for uninsured and low-income residents, which has been eyed as a potential model for the rest of California.
"We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of our neighbors, who happen to be undocumented", the mayor continued.
New York City's bold new healthcare program will be the biggest and most comprehensive health coverage program in the country.
NYC Care will not be fully implemented until 2021.
The city will spend $100 million on the program, The New York Times reported.
Mitchell Katz, MD, president and CEO of NYC Health and Hospitals, the city's public healthcare network, noted that prescription drugs are one thing most people are anxious about being able to afford, but "under this program, pharmaceutical costs are covered". "You won't end up in a hospital bed if you actually get the care you need when the disease starts".
Inslee's move comes a day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed state-funded health care coverage for 138,000 young people living in the country illegally and reinstating a mandate for everyone to buy insurance or pay a fine - part of former President Barack Obama's health care law that congressional Republicans eliminated past year.